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Senators Weigh In on Sotomayor’s Confirmation Prospects

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor met with more lawmakers Wednesday as controversy continued to simmer over some of her past remarks. Sens. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., and Ben Cardin, D-Md., weigh in on Sotomayor's nomination.

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  • GWEN IFILL:

    Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor stepped up her visits on Capitol Hill today, sitting down with eight more senators for getting-to-know-you chats.

    The federal judge engaged in only small talk as long as cameras were rolling, but apparently held extensive conversation with the senators behind closed doors.

    Two members of the Senate Judiciary Committee who have met with her join me now. They are Maryland Democrat Ben Cardin and South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham.

    Welcome to you both, gentlemen.

    SEN. BEN CARDIN (D), Maryland: Thank you.

    SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R), South Carolina: Thank you.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Senator Graham, you were quoted today after your meeting with Judge Sotomayor as saying that, if the same standards were being applied now as were applied during the Alito and Roberts hearings, you would have already made up your mind to vote against her. So have you made up your mind?

  • SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM:

    No, because I haven't decided if I would apply that standard. There was a time in the Senate when a person like Scalia and Justice Ginsburg — she got 96 votes, Justice Scalia got 98.

    I can't imagine any Republican voting for Justice Ginsburg not understanding that she was liberal. I can't imagine any Democrat voting for Justice Scalia not understanding he was conservative. We've lost our way.

    And my point is that President Obama voted against Alito and Roberts, and he created a standard that if I followed I don't think I could vote for Judge Sotomayor.

    And I don't know what I'm going to do. She is a very nice person, very qualified, sterling character, but I was that direct with her. I've got to find out what I think is best for the Senate, and I'd like to get back to the good, old days where we accepted differences and we voted for qualifications. We'll see.